Update: As of June 12, Allianz has received 100+ trip cancellation requests from travelers booked for the U.K.
In the wake of recent terrorist activity in the U.K., some American travelers, at least, are amending plans to visit London.
Our friends at Allianz Global Assistance have shared that, as of June 6, they had received 70 claims from U.S. travelers looking to cancel trips to London. All 70 claims come in the aftermath of the May 22 attack in Manchester and likely of the London Bridge attack.
The news comes after an earlier post this week in which London topped an Allianz list of top summer destinations for American travelers. At the time the Allianz survey was completed, London was looking at a 37% increase in travelers (based on percentage of surveyed travelers) from the summer of 2016. The full findings of this survey are below:
On the subject of cancellations, Allianz writes that: “Allianz Travel Insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and trip interruption when there is a terrorist incident at the customer’s destination within 30 days of their arrival. If there is a terrorist event at the customer’s location while they are there, they can interrupt their trip and travel insurance will cover unused non-refundable expenses plus extra expenses to return home on short notice.”
Of course, the hope is that terrorism won’t deter people from traveling, and so far that seems to be the case for the majority of Americans. The news of the 70 claims also points to the value of travel insurance in these times—which of course Allianz provides, as above. Here’s my post on my thoughts on travel insurance and my Allianz annual plan.
Disclaimer: Johnny Jet works as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receives financial compensation.
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